Govt proposes travel cuts

  Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe’s search for means to recover the under pressure 2017/18 National Budget could see travel policy reforms extended to a large number of public servants. In an interview yesterday, Secretary to the Treasury (ST) Ben Botolo confirmed that there were such proposals which would be presented…

Budget committee blasts Treasury boss

What was expected to be a presentation of a technical overview of the first half performance of the 2017/18 budget turned sour yesterday when the Budget and Finance Committee threw out a Treasury report. The committee turned on Secretary to the Treasury (ST) Ben Botolo and his officials, accusing them of presenting a substandard report.…

Govt proposes travel cuts

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe’s search for means to recover the under pressure 2017/18 National Budget could see travel policy reforms extended to a large number of public servants. In an interview yesterday, Secretary to the Treasury (ST) Ben Botolo confirmed that there were such proposals which would be presented to…

Budget committee blasts Treasury boss

  What was expected to be a presentation of a technical overview of the first half performance of the 2017/18 budget turned sour yesterday when the Budget and Finance Committee threw out a Treasury report. The committee turned on Secretary to the Treasury (ST) Ben Botolo and his officials, accusing them of presenting a substandard…

Cashgate convict Soko walks free

  The High Court in Lilongwe has overturned the Cashgate conviction and sentencing for theft meted out to former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) deputy youth director  Wyson Dzinyemba Soko in 2015. The Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court sentenced Soko to four years imprisonment for the offence of theft, and three and a half years for money laundering…

Budget under pressure—Goodall

  Malawi’s fiscal position is under pressure from a weakening domestic revenue collection and high interest rates on Admarc loans, Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe said yesterday. He admitted that the K1.3 trillion 2017/18 National Budget is so strained that as things are, a downward adjustment of the budget in the second half of the year…

1.9m families face hunger

  The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development estimates that 1.9 million families face food shortage as dry spells and fall army worm attacks in the country may destroy 645 000 hectares of crops. The ministry estimates that this will trim the national maize yield to 283 000 metric tonnes (MT). Minister of Agriculture,…

  Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga and Chitipa is an educated man, a former civil servant and lately one of the many traditional leaders who have handed over their senses to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government. From as far back as 2010, during the time of president Bingu wa Mutharika, Kyungu’s black safari suit…

Drone, police presence at MCP NEC meet

  Having been a victim of political violence and police brutality, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) did not take half measures in tightening security at the party headquarters in Lilongwe where the national executive committee (NEC) was held yesterday. The meeting started around 1pm and did not end until around 9.30pm. Right from the main gate,…

MCP suspends Msowoya, kaliwo

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) national executive committee (NEC) has resolved to suspend first vice-president Richard Msowoya and secretary general (SG) Gustave Kaliwo pending disciplinary action for their alleged role in destabilising the main opposition party. Yesterday’s MCP NEC meeting at MCP National Headquarters in Lilongwe, called by party president Lazarus Chakwera, was a forum…

Drone, Police presence at MCP NEC meet

Having been a victim of political violence and Police brutality, Malawi Congress Party did not take half measures in tightening security at the party headquarters where the National Executive Committee was held on Sunday. The meeting started around 1pm and did not end until after 8pm. Right from the main gate, there was close scrutiny…

Chanco trashes Legal Education bill

The faculty of law at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College says the proposed Legal Education and Legal Practitioners Bill contain provisions that could result in abuse of power by the Executive. In its presentation during a meeting with the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament, the faculty noted that the granting of control to the…

Auditor General u-turns on k567m

  The Auditor General has withdrawn his earlier endorsement and consent for government to pay K567 million interest claim to a Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations supplier. Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa yesterday told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament that the contract signed between MPS and Pioneer Investments Limited for the supply of…

VP office’s K8m contract raises questions

  The Office of the Vice-President’s K8 million procurement contract yesterday stirred confusion following conflicting details on the mode of the award of the contract and observations that the internal procurement committee (IPC) was bypassed. The developments came to light when officials from the Office of the Vice-President appeared before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC)…

House committee recalls AG on K560m claim

  The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has recalled the Auditor General to explain his endorsement of the K560 million interest claim to a Malawi Police Service (MPS) supplier. Pioneer Investments Limited is claiming K560 million as interest on a K2.3 billion contract to supply food rations to MPS. But while the Inspector General…

Ministries grilled on K55m UNGA expenses

  Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday grilled two ministries for collectively spending about K55 million in unbudgeted expenditure to facilitate Malawi’s participation at the 2015 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The revelations come against the background of controversy that surrounded the 2015 UNGA due to the bloated delegation which cost the Malawi Government about…

Nasfam in innovative tree planting programme

  The National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (Nasfam) has embarked on an innovative tree planting initiative involving schools which will plant trees and woodlots around their school community to ensure the survival of the trees. The Make Schools Green Campaign is targeting 50 schools in 22 districts and will partner with corporate entities and…

K875m ‘looters’ risk prosecution

The National Audit Office (NAO) has warned that culprits in the missing K875 million Centre for Disease Control (CDC) funding to the Ministry of Health (MoH) risk prosecution if the ministry fails to enforce discipline and recover the money. Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa made the declaration in Lilongwe yesterday following an outcry from Parliament’s Public…

MCP MPs endorse Mia

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators have endorsed the candidature of politician Sidik Mia for the position of the party’s vice-president at the next convention. The MPs held a meeting yesterday in which they discussed the ongoing sour relationship between MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and another camp where the party vice-president and Speaker Richard Msowoya…